2019 Mated Greek Carniolan Queens from £36 deposit £5

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Apis Melllifera Carnica - Mated Carniolan Queen Bee
We are now taking reservations for 2019 Mated Carniolan Queens from Greece. You can reserve online with a deposit of £5 per queen. The queens are £36 each, the balance payment of £31 will be invoiced just before the queens are dispatched along with any delivery costs, see below for delivery options.  You can reserve up to and including w/c 29th April here, if you would like to reserve queens for later dates please email me the details.  

Please do bear in mind that these are provisional dates and the week may slip back or come forwards depending on the weather. As soon as we have more information on dates for when the mated queens will be ready we will email and update you.

About Apis Mellifera Carnica
Carniolan bees are very suitable for our UK climate, they over-winter well and carry a smaller cluster through the coldest months, which is a clever strategy as this means they do not need quite as much food as some of the other breeds and strains of bees. They have a superb temperament, we receive many emails telling us how the Carniolan bees are very gentle and require very little or no smoke during a hive inspection.

The are affectionately known as the "Grey Grizzly Bee", Apis Mellifera Carnica has excellent hive orientation and flying ability. Carniolan bees are not know to rob from other colonies and they also have a low tendency to propolise everything in sight, which makes your inspections much easier.  They have a very rapid colony development in the spring and good disease resistance. This along with their famous calm temperament, make the Carniolan bee very popular among both non-commercial and commercial beekeepers.

We highly recommend this breed to newcomers and experienced bee keepers as they are a joy to work with and can produce high quality honey for your reward.

Please note these F1 Carnica Queens are from Greece, if you want our Slovenian Carniolan queens, these are listed separately and are available from mid May onwards.  All our queens are naturally mated, also known as open mated.  We do not sell artificially seminated queens.

All our queens are marked, green for 2019, we do not clip wings.

About delivery & Ordering
Our first lot of carniolan queens are available from around early April, weather depending.  We have them shipped in weekly and therefore have a constant supply of mated queens available to send out.  Whilst we will do our best to send the queens to week you request we cannot always guarantee this.  However we will keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched.

Our queens are usually ready towards the end of the week. We can make delivery of Queen using royal mail 1st class post for which there is no extra cost, by royal mail 1st class signed which is £2.90* or by Guaranteed next day delivery which £6.90* or £11 if you want guaranteed on a Saturday (bear in mind that if queens are ready earlier in the week this may not be possible as we don't like to keep the out of the hives for too long).  Please select your delivery method as you go through the check out, any additional carriage costs will be applied to the invoice for the balance.  Please do note; if you order 4 or more queens to be posted at the same time we will automatically send them via guaranteed next day delivery, at no extra cost, unless you contact us to say otherwise.  Please also note that queens are posted at your own risk and any lost packages by royal mail will need to be followed up yourselves. We do keep proof of posting for all queen orders posted. Please also aware of royal mails insurance polices: 1st class mail is insured up to £20*maximum. 1st class signed for is in insured up to £50* and guaranteed next day up to £500*. Please see our delivery information page for more information regarding the delivery of live bees.

*please note these prices are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change when Royal Mail review their prices which is usually in April.
If you need any further advice about the queens you can contact either myself or Rob. Information about queen introduction can be found here.

Discounts - Bulk orders, I can offer a £1.50 discount on bulk orders of 10 to 19 queens and £2.00 discount on bulk orders of 20 or more queens; these must be taken in one shipment and will be posted by guaranteed next day delivery at no extra cost to you.  If you wish to order a quantity of 10 or more queens to be taken over the season I can offer a small discount of 50p per queen on each order.  To get these discounts you must email or phone your order through.  A deposit will be taken at the time of ordering.

Many thanks
Becky & Rob

You may also consider using a queen introduction cage; this cage fits directly onto a comb with brood and increases the acceptance rate of the queens.

We request that all buyers of bees and queens register  their colonies with Beebase the National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and also supports Defra, WAG and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes along with the Healthy Bees Plan, all of which help to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks. There are no costs involved with registering with Beebase, instead it gives you, the beekeeper, the security to know that should a bee health problem arise in your area, your local bee inspector will notify you about it, and if necessary come and inspect your colonies, free of charge.  

By buying your bees and queens from us you are giving us permission to pass your details on the NBU if they request this information from us. If you don't give us permission to pass you details onto them in the event they request them then please let us know at the time of ordering.
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